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July 18, 2010

The d'Orsay Adjusts to a Renovation

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Paris' Musée d'Orsay, with its magnificent collection of (mostly French) art for the period 1850 to 1900 or a little later, is undergoing some renovation. The top floor or two are closed while work proceeds.

So what about the visitor spending mega-shekels to get to Paris to view all those goodies in person? Will he be disappointed? Feel cheated?

Probably not.

I entered the d'Orsay last Tuesday wondering about those matters, but a quick walk-around revealed that most of the important works were still on display even though a subset had been sent off to San Francisco for the duration.

Here's how they pulled it off. Galleries on the level above the main floor that usually are devoted to special exhibits were used to display paintings formerly found in the galleries on the highest floors. And it's possible that some paintings were re-hung closer together than previously in some other galleries (though a number of galleries seemed the same as they were last May when I paid my previous visit).

So, if you have tickets to Paris this summer or fall and want a good d'Orsay experience, you will find one.



[Cross-posted at Art Contrarian]

posted by Donald at July 18, 2010


And be sure to pick up the museum pass at the airport! Pity the poor people in line as you breeze right past them...

Posted by: Mark Heng on July 19, 2010 11:51 AM

I'll say this for the French, they really care about their culture and want others to appreciate it. An American art museum undergoing a design re-think would most likely just close the affected galleries. And not bother to tell you about it till after you'd bought your ticket.

Posted by: Rick Darby on July 22, 2010 11:47 AM

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